Funding Opportunities

KCC Combined Members Grant Scheme

The Combined Members Grant Scheme provides support to groups and organisations who are properly instituted and have a current bank account, for local projects that benefit the local community.  It is a one off grant.  Religious groups can apply.
Contact: or your local county councillor

Big Lottery Fund Open Programmes

A list of Big Lottery Fund open programmes.
For more details on the funding available please visit:

BBC Children in Need

Children in Need is an annual charity appeal organised by the BBC.  Every year the BBC dedicates one evening of programming to showcase events aimed at raising money for charities working with young people in the UK.  The Trust distributes the funds raised each year as grants to organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people, under the age of 18, living in the UK.  They currently have numerous grants available, including one for help with covid-19.  Apply for a grant - BBC Children in Need

Near Neighbours – Small Grants

Near Neighbours offers grants (up to £4,000) to local projects that support communities affected by the pandemic, addressing their emerging needs and improving community engagement with public health initiatives. All the relevant information can be found on  Small Grants — Near Neighbours (

YAPP Charitable Trust

They offer grants only to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000.  Grants of up to £3,000 per year (for 3 years) are available to small charities tackling work that is unattractive to the general public or unpopular with other funders, with particular priority to helping improve the lives of marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated people. Deadline:   Continuous rolling programme
For more information

Chapman Charitable Trust

The trust supports registered UK charities only and focuses new grants in the areas of physical and mental wellbeing, conserving natural environment and increasing the accessibility of the arts, especially for young people.
The majority of grants are of either £1,000 or £2,000.

Sarah D’Avigdor Goldsmid Charitable Trust

The Sarah D’Avigdor Goldsmid Charitable Trust offers grants to charitable organisations active in Kent or Oxfordshire.
The scheme aims to fund a wide range of projects, including those focusing on –

*          Elderly people
*          People with disabilities
*          The advance of health
*          The environment

Applications must be made in writing and sent to Enquiries at Sarah D’Avigdor Goldsmid Charitable Trust.  Hadlow Place, Three Elm Lane, Golden Green, Tonbridge, TN11 0BW or email -

Clothworkers’ Foundation

The Clothworkers’ Foundation aims through its funding to improve the quality of life, particularly for people and communities facing disadvantage.  It has various grants available for UK registered Charities only.
Deadline:         Continuous rolling programme  

Hilden Charitable Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to projects that address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less popular.  In particular, the fund wants to support projects that address:  homelessness; asylum seekers and refugees; community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people 16 – 25; and Penal Affairs.
Deadline:         Continuous rolling programme 

Foyle Foundation – Small Grants

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to support smaller organisations, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.
Deadline:  Continuous rolling programme

Ironmongers’ Company: Funding for Disadvantaged Young People

Registered charities that work with disadvantaged young people under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000.  In particular the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills.  Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.
Deadlines:  31st July and 15th December

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

Grants are available to large charitable groups and organisations in the UK for projects that further the objectives of the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, particularly those that educate young people in rural areas and relieve poverty in rural areas.
One off grants tend to start at £1,000 with most being in the £10,000 range.
Deadlines: 28th May 2021 and 29th October 2021
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The Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity has refined its grants programme to reduce social and economic disadvantage and have a number of funds that you can apply for funding.  They specifically have a Christian Projects grant programme.
Deadlines:  Continuous rolling programme
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Garfield Weston

From small local groups, such as girl guides and youth clubs to larger national youth development charities, the Foundation is proud to invest in our nation’s future generations.
Deadlines: Continuous rolling programme
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Jerusalem Trust

The objects of the Trust are:

  • to advance the Christian religion and promote Christian organisations and the charitable purposes and institutions they support;
  • to advance Christian education and learning.

The trustees’ priority areas include -

  • Christian projects that develop new ways of working with children and young people, including children who have little or no contact with the church;
  • Support for Christian youth work;
  • The development of Christian curriculum resource materials for schools in RE and across the curriculum;

Deadlines: Continuous rolling programme.Jerusalem Trust (

Enovert Community Trust

(formerly Cory Environmental Trust) is an environmental body which supports community and environmental projects. 

The Trust awards grants under the terms of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), providing funding to a broad range of projects that have as big an impact on the community as possible. 

The Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental projects across the UK. These include improving community halls, the creation of new play areas and skate parks, and restoring green spaces.

Currently they will accept applications around Sevenoaks.
Deadlines: Quarterly

Fellowship of St Johns Trust Association

They have different grants including THE HOLY CHILDHOOD Trust which specifically

makes grants for Christian ministry/education in schools or churches with children aged 4-11. Also the Bernard Mizeki Grants are available for training and development of lay ministry.
Deadlines: Trustees meet quarterly

Kent Community Foundation

A wide variety of organisational structures can apply including charities, community interest companies, companies limited by guarantee, industrial and provident societies.  

They are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated and disadvantaged.  This fund is for Kent and Medway only.

Youth Evangelism Fund   

Applications can be made for amounts up to £2,000 and must be made by someone under the age of 18 from any denomination. That young person may be assisted in making the application by their youth leader or parent, but it must be clear that the first part of the application is being made by the young person. The second part should be filled in by the youth leader for a contact point and so as to comply with safeguarding procedures.

Projects funded include - taking non-christian friends on a youth camp, running a pizza and film night, going to a fun park, running a youth alpha or buying christian resources for your friends.

Colyer Ferguson

The Trustees believe that every young person should have the opportunity to meet his or her full potential, but too many face huge barriers to meaningful employment.

Through this programme the Trust makes grants to organisations working to meet the needs of disadvantaged young people in Kent by improving their academic performance, vocational skills or by helping to break down the barriers that prevent them from participating in education, employment or training.

Families: Colyer-Fergusson Trust believes that ‘families’  in the most inclusive sense of the word, are the yarn that creates the fabric of society.   Individual families can be delicate and vulnerable at times; but woven together into communities they are remarkably resilient and strong.  But too many are struggling at the sharp end of socio-economic problems; facing persistent and chronic poverty and overwhelmed by desperate circumstances.  Poverty restricts their choices and too many are having to make impossible decisions, such as whether to heat their homes or pay their rent.    

This programme supports charitable organisations offering interventions to meet the needs of families with a wide-range of problems, including debt; drug and alcohol abuse; mental health issues; domestic abuse; caring for a sick or disabled family member and the short and long-term impacts of bereavement.

Allchurches Trust

Their Open Grants Programme is to support churches and Christian charities in their children’s and youth programmes.  They also have a “Hope Beyond” grant for community need in the light of covid-19.
Deadlines:  Continuous rolling programme

Family Fund Trust for Families with Severely Disabled Children

Grants are available to help families who care for severely disabled young people up to the age of 17.  Funds are for a wide range of activities, services and products to enable families to enjoy everyday life.
Deadlines:  Continuous rolling programme
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Wooden Spoon Charity

Grants are available for organisations that are working to support disadvantaged and disabled young people in the UK.  Projects are normally of a capital nature, with a reasonably long-term prospective lifetime.  Funding is given for health and wellbeing, sensory rooms and gardens, specialist equipment and facilities, playgrounds and outdoor activities, education projects.
Deadlines:  Continuous rolling programme
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The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is offering grants of £10,000 - £500,000 to support the development of new or refurbished local football facilities in England.  Funding is available for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport
  • Sustain or increase participation among children and adults
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport
Applications may be submitted at any time.

Kent County Council – Capital Grant Scheme for Sport

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to sports groups in Kent to improve facilities and widen participation.  Funds can be used for improvements to existing buildings and sites: purchasing new community “fixed” equipment; conversion of redundant buildings; levering funding.
Applications are May, August and October
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Various Causes

Steel Charitable Trust provides grants between £1,000 and £25,000 for: Arts and Culture, The Environment, Disadvantaged People and Education.

The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust Grant supports organisations and individuals belonging to the Scouting or Guide movement in the UK.  The scheme is intended to support groups that need additional funds for repairs or equipment.  It also funds the cost of trips for individual scouts or guides. Deadline:

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